Largest meteorite, interplanetary dust and gazing stars in Namibia

Gazing Namibian stars in Hoba

Gazing Namibian stars in Hoba

Lot of dreams come true in very long time, but I was lucky in this way. During my trip in south Africa I could reach another from them pretty quickly. Which one? To see, touch and stand on the largest iron meteorite in the world, Hoba meteorite in Namibia. There is no secret where is this monument found, so if you have the chance, don’t miss it. Hoba meteorite is located in pleasant amphitheater close to the Grootfontein city in Namibia. I was also relatively lucky with the weather, so close to this magnificent place we were able with my friend gaze amazing namibian sky with the winter constellations in it. Well, the temperature wasn’t winter at all, of course… Canon 6D Mod, Samyang 24 mm, f2.8, ISO 10000, 35×15 s panorama; tripod; captured on 12th December 2014.

Largest meteorite and the light from the interplanetary dust

Largest meteorite and the light from the interplanetary dust

And here it is. The meteorite itself, in the middle of a bush, more than 60 tones of its weight, with me standing on it. The cloudy weather in the dusk didn’t allow me to see the skies so clear as I expected, but still enough to capture the zodiacal light after sunset. Well, I admit it is really symbolic. Standing on the meteorite – the stone fallen from the sky, and watching the light of the interplanetary matter, also lot of small stones and dust particles surrounding the level of the Solar system. This stone almost literally came from that direction. Long time ago, of course… more than 80 thousands years before this moment. Used Canon 6D IR Mod, Saymang 24 mm, f2.8, ISO 6400, 22×15 s panorama; tripod.